May 11

Early Philippine Election Results 2010 - Noynoy wins by a landslide When I made my assumptions last October, that Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III might be poised to become the 15th president of the Philippines, nobody expected that the results would come in so clearly and undisputed.

Usually laughed-off Aquino as a ‘mental’ or bespectacled pseudo-intellectual, who only came to political power due to his name, proved his critics wrong by winning yesterdays elections for President of the Philippines by a wide margin.

What happened on election day, how did those numbers add up and above all, what can this beautiful yet starved country expect in the coming months ahead?

Election Day on 10th of May

According to The Inquirer, one of the leading english-speaking newspapers in the country, the current 2010 elections were some of the most peaceful the country has seen, despite some 18 people who were shot dead and 8 bomb explosions going off across the country in election-related violence on election day. All in all, over the last 200 days of the campaign, there were ‘only’ 82 incidents with 68 casualties, compared to 232 or 310 casualties in 2004 or 2007 respectively.

Funnily, they forgot to count the victims of the Ampatuan massacre in Mindanao, where on 23rd November 2009 a staggering 57 people were killed at once in campaign-related violence by an aggressive clan.

Filipinos are a hot-blooded mix of Malay, Spanish and Mexican decent. Can you now imagine why even Lonely Planet is warning to discuss politics in the country? Just joking, ;-)

Anyway, back to topic: Noynoy Aquino, who came in very late in the preparations for a presidential run, only after the death of his mother – the revered Corazon Aquino – late last year, didn’t have everything going for him right from the start. He was up to potential candidates like Manny Villar, a proclaimed self-made business man with deep, if not limitless pockets of cash and prominent Catholic Church Champs like Eddie ‘Bro’ Villanueva.

Joseph Erap Estrada pulled a coup by coming in a strong 2nd in Presidential Elections 2010Another prominent figure was Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada, an actor and former president of the country and convicted criminal. Initially coined a Philippine Ronald Reagan, due to his acting similarities, he used the presidential office already once to plunder the governmental coffins for his own good. Still – his famous name and a certain hard-headedness kept his popularity high – despite his obvious shortcomings.

If you see the actual results, Erap really pulled of a coup by coming in a strong second!

This year’s election was extremely important for the Filipino soul, voter turnout was estimated an incredible high 75-80%; a number, western countries can only dream of.

The electronic voting system via voting machines, which was introduced first time in this election, seemed to has worked surprisingly well. Computers were used to count ballots for the first time year; thus transforming the usually manual, week-long and cumbersome tallying procedure into a quick and smooth ride.

Did they see it coming?

Over the last couple of weeks it mainly looked like there was a close head-2-head battle between Noynoy and Manny Villar, with both of them leading sometimes in conflicting polls.

Erap wasn’t written of yet and most educated Filipinos were probably rooting for the ‘intellectual’ choice – Gilberto ‘Gibo’ Teodoro, an honest and hard-working civil servant, who was unfortunately associated with the current (and hated) ‘regime’ of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Having lived 9 of the last 12 months in the Philippines, it was pretty obvious even for me as an outsider with a hand at the pulse of normal people of this beautiful island nation, what topics bothered and moved the country. With this year’s tune focused on eradicating corruption and improving the living conditions of the poor, Noynoy hit the notes probably the best – telling not too much about details, while avoiding the bigger mishaps.

Can he deliver?

Now comes the hard part. So far, more than 80% of the votes are in and counted, but the results are pretty obvious. With Aquino leading his next rival – the suprisingly reborn Zombie ERAP – by a margin of more than 3 Mio votes in a tally of over 50 Million, it’s very much clear at this point, that he will be the incoming president.

Manny Villar conceded and acknowledged his defeat already, Gibo will do the same within the next few hours.

What will Erap do? Does he still has an ace up his sleeves? Let’s see about that. After all, his running mate for VP, Jejomar Binay, looks to be the winner in the VP battle.

The main question will remain: can Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III deliver and solve the main economic and social problems of the country. The rampant corruption, endemic poverty and unhealthy dependence of the country on overseas remittances are only the biggest issues to tackle. The current population explosion (there are more than 3.1 children born for every female), a widening educational gap and the meddling of the church in political affairs are other critical problems.

He probably has to work together with most likely Vice President Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, who was leading his preferred choice Senator Manuel Roxas II by more than 700,000 votes at last count.

For us travelers, it would also be nice to have the ailing tourist industry revived, to improve the country’s infrastructure and put its beautiful holiday destinations back on the tourist map. Although some would see this as a double-edged sword – it would surely help the country to increase the influx of foreign capital, adding additional sources of income for its population and boosting the economy – increasing prices and other negative aspects (as seen in Thailand or Bali) would surely follow, although currently starting from a very low base.


Benigno Aquino celebratesBenigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino’s win and most likely inauguration as the next president of the Philippines don’t come completely unexpected, yet they are only a start.

Even if he was not the best possible candidate for educated and realistic observers here, he should have the potential to move things forwards for the country. Even more so than dividing figures like Manny Villar or Joseph Estrada.

Now is the time for Filipinos to get over the election results and unite behind him.

The name Aquino alone still pulls and the population will embrace the right direction, once it is set. Noynoy Aquino should build on his legacy and try to be the uniting force in the country, average Filipinos elected him for.

Let’s hope, that Noynoy’s embarrassing sister Kris Aquino won’t steal the limelight too often and he will have all the time to start working on the issues as soon as possible and necessary.

What do you think about the next president of the Philippines? Does he have what it takes? Where should he start to pull the country out of its misery? Please comment and share your insights in the comment form below.

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written by Chris

15 Responses to “Noynoy Aquino wins Philippine Presidency – by a Landslide”

  1. dodong floresNo Gravatar PHILIPPINES Says:

    The Philippines will be doomed just like it did with Erap. I don’t question Noynoy’s motivations and sincerity. But what I doubted is his capacity/capability to run this country. He even didn’t pass any law while in the Congress and the Senate. And who are these people who sorrounded Noynoy Aquino? These are the very same people who supported Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the past. These people will just take advantage of Noynoy Aquino’s power as president in this country.
    I wasn’t able to vote yesterday because I wasn’t able to register myself for this year’s election. Had I been, I’d rather vote for Gibo Teodoro or Manny Villar. Dick Gordon is close third.
    For my Vice President, I’d like Bayani Fernando because of his iron-first. Otherwise, it should be Mar Roxas. Anyhow, the election is over and we’ve got what the majority of the Filipino had chosen. For now, we can just hope they can serve the country well…

  2. dodong floresNo Gravatar PHILIPPINES Says:

    …and worst, will be having our de facto First Lady Kris Aquino :(

  3. dodong floresNo Gravatar PHILIPPINES Says:

    By the way, Chris, it’s not Benito for Noynoy Aquino’s first name but Benigno Simeon III… :)

  4. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    ….oops, yup. I noticed and corrected that. L-) Thanks, Dodong!

  5. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    By now, almost all close contenders but runner-up Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada have acknowledged a win by Noynoy Aquino and conceded defeat. Despite trailing him by more than 5 Mio. votes, Erap hasn’t thrown in the towel yet. Okay, let them count it all…read here for more details.

  6. euniceNo Gravatar SINGAPORE Says:

    U r quick! So this is ur post after more than a month! XD
    I didn’t follow the recent political news in the Philippines so your article really helps! Thanks for sharing your insights!

  7. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    I must admit; I was a bit lazy with new updates, Eunice. But also very busy in real life. Traveling back and forth, Philippines, Singapore, Bali. But you are right, that’s no excuse. L-)

  8. AlvinNo Gravatar PHILIPPINES Says:

    Chris, Eddie Villanueva is a Born-Again Pastor aka “Christian” as their congregation would like to call themselves and differentiate from the Dominant Roman Catholic Church which AFAIK is also a “Christian Religion”…

  9. dodong floresNo Gravatar PHILIPPINES Says:

    I don’t like Noynoy but I’d rather go for Noynoy than that self-righteous Eddie Villanueva…

  10. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    Ah Alvin, thanks for the info regarding Eddie Villanueva, didn’t know about that.

    Dodong, interesting to watch what is going on now: Erap didn’t even concede yet (or did he?) and Gloria is making ‘midnight deciicions’ by appointing a new Chief of Justice – unbelievable soap operas – politics in your country. I love it! :D

  11. RandallNo Gravatar UNITED STATES Says:

    I don’t think much will change no matter whoever gets in office. It is so corrupt over there compared to the U.S.. Not to say that the U.S. is perfect by any means.

    I just hear about people complain about America and having been to the Philippines a few times, I just look at it from a different perspective.

    I love the Philippines so much, even though there is corruption in the Philippines, I do love to visit there.

    When it comes right down to it, there isn’t much a politition is going to do to help you in the everyday..

    Love your Blog..

  12. Kelvin LimNo Gravatar AUSTRALIA Says:


    I’m amazed at the level of detail that you got yourself into with Philippine politics! I’m a Filipino living Down Under, but I myself have lost touch of the intricacies of Philippine politics. Perhaps, partly because I am one of the many Filipinos who have left the country disillusioned by the unending incompetencies and corruption of the government. After they had the so-called “People Power 2” when the incumbent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was declared president after booting out Erap, I just gave up and left the country.

    Anyway, hats off to you for truly embracing the Philippines to the point of even knowing in detail the politics that’s going on in the country! Not many foreigners would have that level of patience and interest to it. And I’m glad to see that you have had a great time there and gave wonderful comments on the Philippines.

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I was referred to you by a friend of mine, another Filipino living in NZ who found your blog really interesting. I’m starting a similar blog myself on travel, , though I haven’t been living for that long in some of the places I’ve been to. I just use it as a way to diarise my travels and also hope that people will be more inspired to take up travelling.

    cheers mate!

  13. TomNo Gravatar UNITED KINGDOM Says:

    Interesting post. It’s rare for a travel blog to get into the politics of it all, but perhaps we should all be a bit more politically aware in the countries we are visiting.

  14. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    Thanks for your take and the heads-up, Randall, Kelvin Lim and Tom. And all the best for your website, Kelvin! :D

  15. KitNo Gravatar SWEDEN Says:

    Not every western country have an apathetic non-voting population. In my own country more than 80% voting is rather normal in the general election.

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